Maui Judge John Cordova will hear motions filed by the state and Hawaii Superferry to dissolve the injunction that prohibits the vessel from entering Kahului Harbor at 8 a.m. Nov. 13. (Another correction: It's Nov. 14. And I'm reminded not to do three things at once....) Although the judge noted that such requests typically are heard within 18 days, he agreed to expedite the hearing. But "in attempting to balance," he allowed attorney Isaac Hall to file his motion in opposition on Nov. 13, thus giving him more time to prepare.
Hall, representing the Sierra Club, Maui Tomorrow and others, objected to expediting the hearing, saying: "The Superferry wants to rush through everything."
But a deputy state attorney general (Correction: it was Attorney General Mark Bennett) said: "The real motive of Mr. Hall is he wants the Superferry to die the death of a thousand cuts," in hopes that delaying service will force the company out of business.
In other news, Lt. Mark Begley, a 16-year veteran of the force, has been named Kauai's new deputy police chief. It'll be interesting to see what changes — if any — occur in the beleagured department under the leadership of Begley and new Chief Darryl Perry.